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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 55 VOL. LXIV No. 288 AUSKHTA, KKIDAV, NOVEMBER 19, PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Racketeers NICHOLAS CAGE New York Timrs FEBRUARY 24-25, 19M. In a warehouse on a in Brooklyn, U.S. Customs agents and police offi- cers spend the night examining with a special X-ray machine a shipment of 702 cases of canned sardines from Spain. Two of the cases make an unusual palln-n on the X-ray machine. When one is opened, all the sardine cans in it are found to contain 98 per cent pure heroin. The rest of the shipment is followed to its destina- Iron, a priva c home on Long Island, which is put under surveillance. Customs agents eventually arrest two French smugglers who emerge from the house, one of them carrying a dufflebag filled with nearly 50 pounds of heroin. Even while they are in jail awaiting trial, the two Frenchmen arrange for two kilograms of heroin to he shipped to one of their cellmates upon hi.-, rcicnfic from prison. Thai herein is part of a ship- ment smuggled into Uie U.S. concealed in the hollow bandies of ski poles. November, The possessions of a U.S. Army Warrant Officer and his family are shipped from France to Fort Benning. Ga. Among them is a freezer iis walls stuffed with 190 plastic bags containing over pounds of heroin valued at million. The Army officer has hoen paid SlO.noo by a friend in France to include the freezer among his belongings. Within a few weeks after the shipment arrives, two :ench heroin exporters fl.' from Paris to New and a few days two Mafiosi named Frank Ucguardi and Antiur.y Sutcra fly from Miami to New tvk. two men of the Frenchmen meet in a M-Tiii'i'ai restaurant make arrangements for Iran vast TJu! n-ru I'M be tlv. Ai my .i-r if a-rcstcd by Federal agenls along willi the contents of. the freezer, which fill six suitcases. Imaginative methods The.se cases illuflratc just a few of the imaginative methods used to import illegal drugs into the United States, where they usually end up in the hands of or- ganized crime. Drugs enter the country by every means imaginable, travelling in essentially two cur- rails, the main leading from the Middle East to North America, the other from Southeast Asia to Hong Kong, Japan, China and then to the U S. West Coast. The bright fields of poppies cultivated in Turkey and a dozen other countries yield bountiful crops of heroin, morphine, and opium. The same farmer who legally grows poppies for medical usage under govern- ment license also usually cultivates them secretly for an illegal market. Turkish farmers produce about 130 tons of opium legally every year and another 100 tons for the black market. The black market pays them up to So more a pound for their trouble. The trail of the poppy leads primarily to North America, the principal market for illicit heroin. And as drugs filter into the country, the insidious harvest swells the coffers of organized crime. No one can know exactly how much racketeers pocket from the drug traffic, but the estimates are mind-boggling. There are an estimated 150.000 addicts in the coun- try (nearly half of them in New The average addict, according to the Bureau of Narcotics and Dan- gerous Drugs, has a habit that costs him a day or S10.930 a year. If he is supporting it by stealing, he must steal property worth S36JSOO a year. Thus the climated revenue from illegal drugs in this country is usually put at tens of billions of dollars a year. The cost to the taxpayer in stolen goods and funds for treatment and rehabilitation is many times higher. Before World War II. Ibe illegal drug market was very limited, drugs were smuggled into the coun- try by independent criminals and some organized crime figures. Wilh the advent of World War II, the intcratioiial traffic in heroin completely dried up and Hie only source of illegal narcotics was drugs stolen from doctors" offices, drug stores and hospitals. Expl IOKLCC issue Pint by the end of World War II, many American soldiers returned home addicted. Some had encounter- ed narcotics such as cocaine, morphine, heroin and hashish in Kurope and tlv Middle, Knst, others had heroine addicted to pain-killing drugs during long slays in hospitals. Although the plight of the soldier-addicts Hid no! rm'ivn Ihr publicity devoted In addicted Vi-in.-im Hi" soldiers Ihr vvmrkrt for n.'itrufii's and ii I" draw crealer frnin rnmr Hut, even among I lip r.o! overly scrupulous mokr- the issue of making money from illegal drugs an explosive one. As some mobsters pointed out, i! was one thing lo make money from liquor, gambling, ilutinn and loan-sharking, bnj. peddling drugs was another. Drugs prey on the young and on (he poor waul In escape the misery of their lives, even if briefly. drugs often produce a hr.iriblc death fur (he addici. who is seeking only euphoria. Page 10) A FINE FOUL DAY The isle of Manhattan reveals I c 'ast Thursday with clear skies lighting up the end of the island one! foul air enshrouding the rri-thcrn end. Meanwhile, Birmingham, Ala. closed 23 because of air pollution. NEW DELHI (CP-Rcuier'i Indian President V. V. Giri, speaking as reports came in of fresh firing across the Indo-Pak- OTTAWA CCP1 Defence Minister Donald Macdonald said Thursday he under "som? pressure'' from tho United Slates to purchase the Lockheed Orion long-ranjrc patrol aircraft. But he personally had not ex- perience! cny other pressure from the Americans for Canada to make more purchases under the 1959 Canada-U.S. defence production sharing agreement, Mr. Macdonald told the Com- mons. lie said that program was under Trade minister Jean-Luc Pepin, who is in (Europe. Ths question was raised by former prime minister John Diefenbaker who said that Can- ada has a favorable balance in excess of million under the trade p r o g r a m. lie asked whether the U.S. is insisting on working towards a fairer balance through pur- chases. Mr. Macdonald said Canada would buy the Orion aircraft only if il Canadian re- quirements. It i.'i a defence de- partment priority (o a re- placement for the Argus long- range patrol aircraft. istan border, said Indian forces arc ready to crush any aggres- sor. Giri, speaking Thursday over All-India radio, said India was reaching the end of its patience and resources in the East Paki- stan crisis. He said "the miJitaiy of Pakistan is adopting a posture of war and has mobilized its nrmy on the entire Indo-Paki- stan border." are fully prepared to meet any threat to our integ- he added. "Our valiant defence forces arc in battle readiness and will give a crush- ing reply to any aggressor who dares violate our sovereignty.'1 Sultan M u h a m m a d Khan, Pakistan's foreign secretary who was in Otta-wa for talks with Prime Minis'er Trudeau and other Canadian leaders, said Thursday that relations be- tween his country and India have deteriorated to a point where they are ''very close to war." He charged thai India is using millions of East Pakistani refu- gees a? "hostages" in its dis- pute with West Pakistan while trying to impose its OUT) condi- tions on a Pakistani political settlement in the eastern region. Two-headed baby fails to live KARACHI, Pakistan (API A two-headed baby boy born tliree days ago died in hospital Friday after it developed brea- thing difficulties, doctors re- ported. Hospital officials said the 9.5-poiiml baby stopped breathing through its right head and a half hour later the respir- atory syslem through its other head also failed. Wan missing in dense bush WIIITECOURT wore searching Thursday for Ifland Anderson, 55. of Calgary, reported missing Tuesday from a hunting camp in dense bush about. miles from this north- Alberta town. Police were using n helicopt- er and other hunters in the area io help in the .search. Ottawa OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment today proposed an addi- tional in spending and loans to bring the total esti- mate of expenditures for the fis- cal yeer ending next March to a'rceord Treasury beard president C. M. Drury brought in the new batch cf estimates. There will almost ceilai ily be further esti- mates h.foie the fiscal year ends March 31. Tlic largest single amount in (he additional estimates is for the finance de- part menl. The industry department needs another S153.857.002 and the manpower department S140.52-l.002. Included in the new estimates is S95 million for the Atomic Energy of Canada loan for heavy water production at Glace Bay. N.S. Every government depart- ment is to get more funds than originally projected earlier this year. Nearly all the additional ex- penditures, apr.rl from adminis- tration, v.cre announced by Fi- nance Minister Edgar Benson in a Mini budget last of i! 'o help provide winter Mr. Benson estimated the budget deficit for this teem I year in his statement oi Oct. H at SI billion. Seen and heard About town AMATEUR photographer Ron Graham wondering if a fish-eye lens is for un- derwater pictures West- castle resort manager Man McKim wondering if mauve is the wrong color to paint ski tow towers Motor- cyclist Lorcn Benson wishing his cycle had a better heater and defroster. generally limiting creases to 5Vz per Nov. 13. wage iii- cent from intrigues CALGARY (CP) The fed- eral government has offered to remove million worth of potatoes from the Canadian market, president Ed SJiitn- bashi told the annual meeting of the Alberta Potato Growers Association Thursday. But nobody knows, he said, if the government wants them kept on the farm, fed to cows and pigs, destroyed or laid end to end. The reason for the surplus is lu'gh world production which has complicated the entire mar- keting system, he said. "The European C o m m on Market agreement, is 'messing up' our sales of the processed product to Britain. Even Ja- panese production is up." Eastern growers would bene- fit most from government aid with potato production m Prince Edward Island on dO.Odfl acres. New Brunswick 80.000, Quebec pud Alberta only 20.000. Mr. Khimbashi said Alberta producers would like any gov- ernment assistance to apply to second grade as well as top quality potatoes. "We think they should pay us to get rid of the number twos if they are going to pay us at all and" let us sell the number ones." The government could help growers without spending any money by putting a tariff on United States potatoes equal to U.S. tariffs on those in Canada, be said. This would mean the price to Canadian consumers w o u Id rise, from which farmers would benefit, but no treasury money would be spent. Boycott Kraft PEACE RIVER. (CP) Na- tional Farmers Union mem- bers ,-re boycotting Kraft Foods products in Pence Kivor food stores with the co- operation of store owners and consumers. MIAMI BEACH (CP) Pres- ident Nixon personally appealed today to hostile trade union leaders to support his program of cciitrols and work with him to bring prosperity and mere jobs to the American peo- ple. The president told I he annual convent ion of the AFL-CIO that his Republican administration was a friend of the American wcrkcr. not its enemy. Vixon took direct issue with bitter and sarcastic remarks of AFL-CIO President Georgo Mcany. who accused him Thurs- day of working fcr the interests fat business ignoring the workers. Nixon said the 90-day wage- price freeze he imposed in Au- gust had created more jobs and checked inflation, and that the program of direct wage price controls that replaced the freeze would rcpav many times over any immediate sacrifices I'nat labor red to make, Tiie president made an indi- rect hut obvious reference to a resolution in which the conven- tion Thursday accused the ad- ministration of breaking its word to labor and expressed anger over the refusal of his pay board to bar retroactive pay covering wage increases lost during the freeze. He said the administration and organized labor disagreed on tactics but. did not differ on th? gcals before them. He said those goals were the need to provide more jobs to step inflation, to increase pro- duction and American trade overseas, and the need gener- ally to establish a sound and stable economic base as the country ohanged froir: a war- time to a economy. Nixon categorically denied Mcany's assertions that his eco- nomic policies were aimed at benefiting business at the ex- pense of the workers. Mcany has directed his anger chiefly at the refusal of the pay beard, of which he is a mem- ber, barring the retroactive payments cf wage increases. The pay board consists of five representatives of labor, five from management, and five frnm (he public, and settled the retroactive pay issue on a 10-to- 5 vcte, with all labor members voting no, and issued guidelines YOUNGEST MOTHER Shahnaz Mohammedi, 11, holds the eight pound baby girl to whom she gave birth in Malayer, thereby becoming Iran's youngest mother. She's been married to Morod Mohammedi' 16, for two years. es fSlT KOXOLULU (AP) Chief executives of 24 transatlantic airlines, which have bsen flirt- ing with an all-out fare war, have reached a compromise agreement that will reduce many rates between North America and Europe. Basic agreement on the new fare, structure was announced Thursday night by H. Don Rey- nolds, assistant director-general of the International Air Trans- port Association, at the organi- zation's annual general meet- New rates on key transatlan- tic routes were described as a compromise between West Gcr- m a n y 's Lufthansa which first moved lo slash fares reluctant American car- riers. The lowest individual round- trip fare between London and New York was set at S230 com- pared with the present S272. It is for passengers who travel in winter and stav 22 to 45 davs. Reynolds said the fare pack- ags will be submitted to a Dec. 2 joint conference of Atlantic carriers in Geneva, Switzerland, for ratification. NEED GOVERNMENT OK Rates also must lie approved by governments of the countries involved, and will take effect either in February or April, Reynolds said. Lufthansa forced thfi fares issue by refusing to agree to a rats package proposed at an August meeting in Montreal. The airline announced that it was filing a round-trip ex- cursion fare between New York and Frankfurt. Other carriers followed suit and began trim- ming rates. The fare announced Thursday on that route was S220, com- pared with the S230 fare pro- posed at Montreal. Under the new fare structure, first-class fares will not be re- duced but youth fares on some airlines will increase, Ycuth fares between North America and Europe will be the same as excursion fares, ending special discounts, but the young travellers will not be subject to excursion fare time limits, be said. 'This thing poverty, dear! Is it 4.000 TO 1 ODDS Air- man Slim-i ill, Kl Mnnlr, Culif., is tin- only T.S. fniKilr nirm.'in mi Ihc iiitsr Mitli men. Airmitn (Inrsn'l mind. ;iiid she s.'iiil Ilin nllirr ninurn don't rtcm lo mind cithert former Albcrlfi pre- mier, doesn't Ivlieve posi linin ns leader of the opposition Social Credit party will It e of t.ho main issues at, a two- day convention during the weekend. Me (old a news conference following a party caucus that. objective be lo re- view "our policies very care- fully." h.ive tn deterininr wh.-it our por-iLtorj is in a number oi won't be issue n hriT nt.ivbp as cut. ;is we shoulrl hern we IKIVO to cs- lablish a pn-iiion that can be clearly defined from any other party. "After we have done that, the, second step is naturally an as- sessment of leadership. Hut to thai I; will bo done nl. this lime, rut 1 doifl antieipate it will bo a major issue." Mr. Si mm, .1 year old farmer oncn waa ogilciil- lure .iml imin'.npal affairs nuiu- ;-lor, became Social Credit lead- er in Hcr-embcr. afler I'm mier K. C. Manning stepped down. TAYI.OH He also announced tli.it the caucus (lordon Taylor, former highways minister, as the opposition's house leader. .lar.H'x I" o r in e r Srrial Crniil. r.-.lmict before the parly was by the Progressive1! i.n the Aug. .'JO provincial clco a K named Opposition Convention Friday and .S'.itur- day is expected to attract more thnn 500 delegates, Mr. Slrom said. Delegates will be asked to ap- prove. structural changes to pro- vide regional representatives tn the Sot-in) Credit board (if direelors. Another proposal is in allow Iff year olds to participate fully m parly nf- fairs. Charter train will carry fans CALGARY (CP) For the time in mere than 20 years, a ch.irter train is to fans to the Grey" Cnp. A Canadian National Train been chartered to travel from Kdmor.'on lo Vancouver by Skyway Tours Mid 550 pcnplo are expected to make the. trip. Buses are to lake fans from M Kdmontnn Nov. 2ii with fho train to "Tivo day fore ihe N'ov. panic. The (trey i: IM special Cal- Airlines and r.-.iiway com- panies bave reported a surpe in for (he CJrey Cup and pre- pared to add additional see- lions nn'il .ill roquesLs are rd. ;